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Jobs to Earn Cash Fast - Residential Care Worker

Updated on April 14, 2010

Jobs To Earn Cash Fast - Residential Care Worker

It seems cash is in short supply for most of us right now, and many people are looking to earning extra money in a hurry, so this is one of a series of articles about how to earn cash fast as a residential care worker.

The beauty of this type of work is that it's pretty secure and you could earn around £1000 within a month of starting, providing you work hard and prove to be reliable.

Care Work

 Nursing and residential homes are desperate for good care-workers, so search the Yellow Pages in your area, find their telephone numbers and give them a call.  Often, you can have an interview one week and begin work the next.  Many homes will take complete novices and train you up.

Requirements for the Job

1. No educational qualifications required. All training given is ‘on the job’ and most homes will put you through NVQ training at some point if you want to do it.

2.You need to be reliable – turn up when you are supposed to.

3. You need to be prepared to work HARD.

4. Empathy. You must be kind to the people you are looking after. They are people, not packages.

5. Police check. Within the first month, the home should run a police check on you to see whether you have any convictions or are on any police register. You can still work while this is being run.

Rates of Pay

Currently (2010) most homes pay somewhere around £6.00 per hour. Many pay more for a night duty and homes that take mental health clients also pay a little more. The full-time working week is forty plus hours, with more if you do night duty. I do know carers who work 90+hours a week, which is what’s needed sometimes when you’re hard up. Payment is usually monthly by bank transfer, but some really kind matrons/managers can be persuaded to give an interim payment for someone who's really broke. Uniform is usually provided by the home, although it may be second hand.

Shift patterns

Most homes work around the following times, give or take a little.

0800 –1400 – morning duty

1400 – 2000 – afternoon duty

0800 – 2000 – long day

2000 – 0800 – night duty

1600 – 2000 - twilight (sometimes goes on until 2200)


Career Progression

It is possible in both nursing and residential homes to be promoted to senior carer, and hence earn a higher hourly rate of pay. With training, a senior carer in a residential home could be promoted to matron or manager of the home. This is less likely in a nursing home, as most managers are Registered Nurses, due to the specialised nature of the work.

If you want a job that gives a higher earning potential, with a bit more freedom, then why not consider working as an agency care worker (read more here).


Nursing home – residential Home. It’s all the same right?

Wrong. Residents in a nursing home have physical illnesses and need intervention from a Registered Nurse several times a day and night. Their illnesses may make them very dependent on carers and they may require the use of specialised equipment and medication during their care. There will be at least one Registered Nurse in charge of the home on each shift, plus a team of carers.

Clients in a residential home do not have to have a physical illness, some may be quite well, but just choose not to live alone, many just can’t quite manage at home and need a little help. Usually there is no Registered Nurse on duty, but a team of carers managed by a senior carer.

So if you need money in a hurry taking on jobs to earn cash fast - residential care worker could be right up your street.


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    • Georgina_writes profile image

      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      jolly good, naseem.

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      naseem lakhani 7 years ago

      me naseem lakhani from pakistan

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      Georgina_writes 7 years ago from Dartmoor

      Thanks Hello, hello. So many people are struggling, I thought I'd write about day jobs that anyone can do, but that pay pretty well.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your hub and a great tip to find work.